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December 2004

Thomas Industries LLC, Dalton, Ga., has appointed Steve Ladd senior vice president, sales and marketing.



Goldenrod Corp., Beacon Falls, Conn., has made the following appointments: Scott Hansen , engineering manager, research and development, and new product development; Brian O’Neill , sales representative, Michigan and southern Illinois; Nick Herman , sales representative, northern Illinois and eastern Iowa; Dave Lawson , sales representative, Ontario and Quebec; and Mike Letarte , sales representative, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Great Northern Corp., Appleton, Wis., has named Rob Swannell director, new business development, Specialty Group; and Gary Rietveld inside sales representative, Rollguard. The company has promoted Gary Lawell to account manager, Rollguard, North Central sales region.

The American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA), Arlington, Va., has named Donald P. Clark , Pliana Inc., chairman; and Lowell D. Bivens , Diolen Industrial Fibers Inc., vice chairman, and chairman of AFMA’s Executive Committee.

Stratham, N.H.-based Timberland Co. has promoted Kim Krummell to director, systems compliance, Timberland Asia Footwear.

Kellwood Co., St.Louis, has named Don Waldman president, L.A. Intimates Group.



Li & Fung USA, New York City, a subsidiary of Li & Fung Ltd., Hong Kong, has named John T. “Jack” Toolan senior vice president and general manager, Cannon and Cannon Royal Family global licenses.

Bouckaert Industrial Textiles Inc., Woonsocket, R.I., has named Joe Blancato president; and Lawrence Peter director, sales and marketing.

Best Manufacturing, Menlo, Ga., has appointed the following sales territory managers: Steve Turner — Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington; Mathew Blank — northern Illinois and northwest Indiana; Rob Robinson — Kansas, Nebraska and western Missouri; and Landon Lanier — Alabama, Arkansas, the Florida panhandle, Mississippi and part of western Tennessee.

Blue Bell, Pa.-based Acme-Hardesty Co. has appointed Joseph P. Speese president; Mary Ann Confer director, customer service; and Adele Savaiano business group manager, Trading Group.

The Composites Division of Cook Composites and Polymers, Kansas City, Mo., has appointed Scott Kaphingst director, sales; and Tom Faris director, market development.

Hickory, N.C.-based Shuford Mills LLC has named Jeff R. Jimison director, sales and marketing, Outdura™.

Gerber Technology Inc. (GT), Tolland, Conn., has appointed John R. Hancock president. GT’s current president, James S. Arthurs , has been named president, Asia Pacific, Gerber Scientific Inc. — GT’s parent company; he will serve as GT’s non-executive chairman.

Lucy E. Dunne , Cornell University; Peggie Lam Sin Wan , Hong Kong Polytechnic University Institute of Textiles and Clothing; and Kristen Caporale , Central Michigan University, placed first, second and third, respectively, at the first annual 2004 Safety Products Student Design Challenge — sponsored by the Safety & Protective Products Division of the Roseville, Minn.-based Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), and held at the 4th International Conference on Safety and Protective Fabrics at IFAI Expo 2004 in Pittsburgh.

At the International Nonwovens Technical Conference, the Cary, N.C.-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry presented Michael Morman, Ph.D. , with its Lifetime Technical Achievement Award for his contributions to the nonwovens industry.



Jeffrey Banks has joined Dallas-based Haggar Clothing Co. as design consultant, men’s sportswear.

Total Sports Distribution Inc., a Cerrito, Calif.-based Bluetorch Inc. company, has appointed Todd Hess sales representative, TSABrand, for Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota.

December 2004